Community Development & Education in Costa Rica

by Global Vision International Charitable Trust


Many of the communities around Quepos have limited funding and face many challenges, socially and economically. This project focuses on empowering and supporting the local community of El Cocal to tackle social and economic challenges and help implement solutions, designed by them. Solutions include infrastructure, minority inclusion, alternative income generation, education, healthy habits and conservation. Slowly, we seek to help the community change the image and outlook of El Cocal.
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El Cocal is located close to the tourism hub of Manuel Antonio. This drives the cost of living up & has a huge impact on already marginalised communities. High levels of immigration result in huge cultural differences and high unemployment, substance abuse and general despondency. This is a hard place to live, most often especially for children. Limited funding for schools means school are only open for 1/2days. There are very few safe spaces for both children and adults to gather, play & learn.


We seek to improve community welfare and image through various projects, as agreed on by the community. Projects include community infrastructure development, income generation initiatives and education, especially extra-curricular activities and English lessons. This helps the community feel proud, empowered and have ownership of their futures.

Long-Term Impact

In the long-term, we aim to empower the entire community of El Cocal through education & support programmes that give a sustainable means to survive and thrive. Through our life skills curriculum, we aim to develop social-emotional learning, especially with children, & English language skills. These skills can be used to seek employment in the tourist-rich area. Infrastructure development gives the community a safe place to gather, host events, learn & celebrate- something to take ownership of!


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Global Vision International Charitable Trust

Location: Exeter, Devon - United Kingdom
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Project Leader:
Kate Robey
Exeter, Devon United Kingdom

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